Football: Derby Will Be Underdogs For Final Against Villa Lampard

Aston Villa and Derby County will contest the richest game in football in the Championship play-off final on Monday.

The two sides finished fifth and sixth in the table respectively but saw off West Brom and Leeds in the play-off semi-finals to book their spot at Wembley.

Frank Lampard’s Derby will take on Aston Villa in Championship Play-Off final

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Frank Lampard’s Derby will take on Aston Villa in Championship Play-Off final

Norwich and Sheffield United have already claimed their place among the Premier League elite for next season and Villa and Derby will be eager to join them.

Promotion to the top-flight would bring either a wealth of riches and opportunities and the chance to challenge themselves against the very best next term.

But first they must go through the nerves and drama of the Championship play-off final.

talkSPORT will have full, comprehensive coverage of the big game as this season’s thrilling EFL campaign comes to an end.

Derby booked their place at Wembley with a stunning win over Leeds at Elland Road.

The Championship play-off final will take place at Wembley this weekend

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The Championship play-off final will take place at Wembley this weekend

The Rams won 4-3 on aggregate to become the first team to lose the first leg of a Championship play-off semi-final at home and go on to reach the final.

Villa also came through a dramatic tie to reach the final, needing penalties to beat West Brom after their two clashes finished 2-2 on aggregate.

Tammy Abraham fired in the winning spot-kick after keeper Jed Steer had saved Albion’s first two efforts.

Aston Villa vs Derby: How to listen

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Aston Villa vs Derby: Kick-off time

The Championship Play-Off final will get under way at 3pm on Monday, May 27.

Villa won both games convincingly during the regular season, claiming a 4-0 home victory after winning 3-0 at Pride Park.

Aston Villa vs Derby: Team news and line-ups

Villa have named on-loan Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe in their starting XI after he overcame an ankle problem.

Winger Albert Adomah also comes into Dean Smith’s team, preferred to Andre Green, who drops to the bench.

Former Arsenal and Chelsea star Ashley Cole, 38, starts for Derby in place of the suspended Scott Malone.

Tom Huddlestone is also drafted into Frank Lampard’s side in place of Duane Holmes, who suffered a knock in the semi-final victory over Leeds.

Aston Villa: Steer, Elmohamady, Tuanzebe, Mings, Taylor, Hourihane, McGinn, Grealish, Adomah, El Ghazi, Abraham.

Subs: Carson, Waghorn, Jozefzoon, Marriott, Evans, MacDonald, Knight.

Derby: Roos, Bogle, Keogh, Tomori, Cole, Mount, Johnson, Wilson, Huddlestone, Lawrence, Bennett.

Subs: Carson, Waghorn, Jozefoon, Marriot, Evans, McDonald, Knight.

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What the managers say

Derby boss Frank Lampard has compared the play-off final showdown to Chelsea’s crucial Champions League qualification which changed the course of the club’s future.

In 2003, Lampard’s Chelsea faced Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, with the game labelled ‘the £20million match’ as the winners would qualify for the Champions League.

Chelsea won 2-1 to finish fourth but without Champions League football Roman Abramovich may not have bought the club, who have won five Premier League titles since.

Lampard said: “If I can match it to something it will be the Chelsea game we played a long time ago just before Roman Abramovich came to the club.

“We had a game against Liverpool to make it to the Champions League. If we lost that game the club was in real trouble, and if we won then things would change. Although we didn’t quite know how well they would change.

Tammy Abraham, on loan from Chelsea, will be Villa’s danger man

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Tammy Abraham, on loan from Chelsea, will be Villa’s danger man

“There was tension before that game among the players but I don’t feel that here. It’s a crucial game for the club but what I’ve tried to do is take that away from the players.

“I just want them to think about a football match. The lads don’t need to think about £170million, they don’t need to think about next year or their holidays. They just need to think about Monday.”

Villa head coach Dean Smith – a boyhood fan of the club – is out to achieve his ‘impossible dream’.

He said: “I always said when I was at Walsall that it was an improbable dream to get to the Championship and an impossible dream to get to the Premier League.

“I changed that with Brentford, and I think I’ve changed that again by coming here.

“It’s certainly not improbable or impossible to get to the Premier League with Aston Villa. There’s a distinct possibility.

“We should be a top-six team in the Championship guaranteed in my eyes, with the size of the club and the players we’ve got, and we should always be trying to get to the Premier League if notn it.

Dean Smith is on the verge of leading the team he supports to the Premier League

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Dean Smith is on the verge of leading the team he supports to the Premier League

“Getting Aston Villa up would be a big achievement but probably keeping Walsall up in my first year was a bigger achievement because we needed snookers in January.

“That was certainly a tough time. Each job you have has its own tough times and good times.

“At the moment we’re in the period of a good time and we need to make sure we finish that off by getting promoted. If we do it will certainly feel like the pinnacle of my managerial career so far.”

Source : https://talksport.com/football/efl/547210/championship-play-off-final-talksport-aston-villa-vs-derby-preview-team-news-line-stream-line-ups/

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